Weekend Update 8-9th July. By Cat J

-In contrast to the scorching heat of last year’s event, Saturday morning dawned with a continuous refreshing shower of rain cascading down… However this didn’t deter the DRR team, who donned their finest waterproof gear and headed out get everything ready for the big day.

Fortunately, the weather dried up later on, and the sun came out for a fantastic day of racing and team spirit. 61 teams battled it out for the individual and category prizes, & our own Ruth Keeley was part of the winning ‘mixed senior’ team. There were some very fast times which showed the quality of runners on the day.

As most of the club members were being marshalling/helping out, we didn’t have many other members racing. However one team from Belper Harriers was assembled and they did a great job. Well done all on a fantastic day, looking forward to next year already!

-Not in the mood for a 4.6 mile relay, Robert Terry and Richard Brown fancied something a little longer…. and completed the Scafell marathon. In Robert’s own words….

“It was a warm day, about 19/20 degrees in the valley, but 8 degrees on top of Scafell. Quite chilly! It’s a tough course (I heard the word brutal a few times), difficult underfoot most of the time, with lots of rocks to pick your way through/over. Scenery is lovely though.
I did learn that I should have used the map provided, as when it came to start the ascent in earnest, I (and a few others in front) missed a flag to the right of us showing the correct way up. It was only when we had the leaders coming down I thought we were wrong. I think it was the 5/6 placed person who confirmed it, so back down we went. A lot quicker than going up! Added about 1.5 miles on and 30/45 minutes don’t just follow people in front!! We had one more big climb after that and it just seemed to go on and on. All in all a great day though. Pleased to have done much better than last year! Pity I forgot a key part of the route! Still, I’ve slept since then!”

A fantastic effort from both members, looks like a great race and perhaps one for next year’s diary!?